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Volunteer Positions Available

Volunteer Gallery Assistant Positions Available – INTAKE EVERY JAN, APRIL, JULY & OCTOBER .


The Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane Branch are looking for passionate, proactive people to join our team at Petrie Terrace Gallery.

About us:

The Petrie Terrace Gallery is owned and operated by the Brisbane Branch of the Royal Queensland Art Society (RQAS). The RQAS is a not for profit organisation and was born in 1884, formed by a group of like-minded artists and was formally established in 1887.

The objectives of the RQAS are to encourage and promote the cultivation and appreciation of the fine arts, and provide an artist hub for artists of all genres and encourage the visual arts, provide support to artists, networking opportunities and present exhibitions.


The following volunteer positions are available:


  • Library and Cataloguing Assistants.

Short Term 3 – 6 months, Volunteer Position.


The historic and important collection of rare books and exhibition ephemera of the RQAS Library is being digitalised and re-catalogued. We are seeking art history students, art history enthusiasts and research students to assist us in this task. This project will be a rewarding and valuable experience for anyone wanting to work in these fields. Computer and archiving skills would be an advantage though all training will be provided.



  • Gallery Assistants (Administration and Front of House Gallery Duty)

Casual – Ongoing position, Volunteer Position.


Petrie Terrace Gallery are seeking casual assistants who wish to gain experience in the front of house operations of an art gallery. The role will include administration duties, sales and general enquiries, art handling, and occasional assistance in curating and promotion.  An interest in the arts and previous experience in retail and / or administration would be an advantage though all training will be provided.


To apply please complete the following form & we will get in touch with you shortly.

For more information please contact our Gallery Coordinator on  (07) 3367 1977 or email her at


Winners from Elegant Chaos: A Celebration of Still Life

Judged by Guest Artist Frances McKennariery, Her comments listed below

First Place

Pair with Pear by Beverley Tainton

The energy of chaos is beautifully demonstrated and held in shallow space through expert use of a high key palette and harmonising colours. Rhythmic waves of line and shape enhance the sense of movement and subdue this energy into an invitation to join in the ‘joie de vivre’.

Second Place

Good Looking Shells by David Laidley

Out of the darkness of chaos which so many artists visit in their creative process the energy has here emerged in an illuminated spiral – which happens to be an elegant pair of shells. The dramatic contrasts of light and dark support the strong movement of the spirals then the eye is brought to the reflections which slow the mind and underpin the work with a final sense of gravity.


Third Place

Favour Chair by Peter Hubbard

This subtle and thoughtful work unifies the movement in space and moments in time. A limited palette imbues the work with a sense of restraint and quiet contemplation as does the amusing use of the philosopher/artist image as the key still life figure.


Highly Commended


Appropriation and Annexation by Robin Finlay

The elegant choice of subject matter with Bird of Paradise blooms and finest Chinese vase is enhanced by gold ground and composed into a compelling image with a clear message. This image of refinement and culture disconcertingly includes a rough outback Australia image hand painted on the vase. The inner energy from the tensions in the imagery engages the viewer and hints at another way of seeing our world. Whatever the interpretations the work remains elegant and intriguing.


Still Life Connecticut by Dr Kay Kane

This subtle and beautifully observed drawing of a busy kitchen bench draws the eye into an experience of each object through sensitive line and shape. The silvery tonal range and use of silhouette resolves the chaos into a unified and graceful image.


Kathy Sullivan Pie ‘n’ Chips

The choice of subject, “Pie ‘n’ Chips” is witty and relevant to most of us which makes a great choice for still life. The sense of a meal interrupted adds dimension to the experience of the forms. Well realised in concept, placement, colours and textures.



Joanne Heath, Red Blue Reflection

Don Wotton,  The Mink that Stole the Show

People’s choice


Entangle by Michael Augustine
Elegant Chaos: A Celebration of Still life exhibition closed on Sunday 25th June 2019

Brisbane City Council supports Paint Out in Roma Street Parkland

The final event in the Brisbane Landscapes exhibition was the Paint Out in Roma Street Parkland and the closing event back at Petrie Terrace Gallery.

This event was sponsored by Brisbane City Council and RQAS are extremely grateful for the support BCC extends to the RQAS and local artists.

The Paint Out was enjoyed by all who attended despite the threatening prospect of rain. Fortunately we were spared being soaked as the storm clouds broke when we were safely back in the gallery.

The Paint Out resulted in some lovely images of Brisbane as shown here. Graham W. Smith and Diego Egiulerai are shown here with their masterpieces from the day.

It was great to have Diego visiting from Argentina and participating.

Thank you again Brisbane City Council

Proudly supported by


Call for Nominations for the Brisbane Branch Committee

Make a difference in your local art scene!!

We are seeking expressions of interest from people who are able to attend committee meetings monthly, support the objectives of the RQAS, take on responsibility for aspects of the operations of the gallery, and we would like people who have skills in one or more of the following areas – business, management, fundraising, working with philanthropists, grant submissions or have significant experience in the art world over a substantial period of time. 

Committee members do not necessarily need to be from the current membership base, and maybe you know of someone who has these skills and would be interested in being involved. If you are interested, please email the secretary via the contact page.

The Annual General Meeting is coming up on the 22nd September 2019 and all positions on the committee will be declared vacant. Marg Thomas will have completed almost 3 years as President and hence will be stepping down as President.

Abstraction 2019 Winners

Officially opened by Marg Thomas Brisbane Branch President at 2pm on Saturday the 18th May 2019

Comments by Guest Artist & Judge Leigh Camilleri

#5 Helen Creed for ‘Summer Haze’
When I first looked at this painting it stood out just because it’s different, but that isn’t why it’s the winner. The pattern is something that can really pull a work together, and colours in this work well together. In general, the work has a good rhythm and aesthetic.

Second Place
#14 Kate Barry for ‘Bush Bathing’.
Landscape can be a lot of things, for me the most successful are works that pull on the memories of the viewer. I spend a lot of time in the bush. Bush bathing sends me to a lyrical quiet place that is harmonious, yet full of sound and memory.

Third Place
#15 Sharon Beckett for ‘White Water’
A beautifully executed work that perfectly describes the ebb and flow of the water beneath. It is a quiet work that has pulls you into its depths.

Highly Commended
#43 Elisabeth Ruiz ‘Encounter at Opal Country’
This work is well considered and extends a feeling that you can imagine the spacial aspects of the design. Very attractive colour ways.

Highly Commended
#46 Kate Barry
This complex small work finds the light in the darkness. The light trips across the landscape in ever moving harmonies.

Highly Commended
#42 Beverley Tainton
Finding layers of landscape through observation. It’s obvious to the observer when the landscape has been considered. It is often that landscapes are either derived using a photograph or explored only through the mind. Sometimes you can do everything to encourage your work to find a point where it’s a reflection of the Artist. I think this work does that.

Peoples’ Choice
#7 Katrina Sunderland “Port of Brisbane”

Happy Easter!

The year is rolling on by, it’s Easter already!

The RQAS wishes everyone a very Happy Easter with lots of yummy treats and family time.

Please note that Petrie Terrace Gallery will be closed the following days Friday 19th, Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st, Monday 22nd and Thursday 25th for the public holidays and long weekend. 

Also due to unforeseen circumstances, our April artist talk/members gathering is canceled.

We hope you all have a lovely break and look forward to seeing you in the gallery soon.




Brisbane: Landscapes, Landmarks and Personalities

Our Brisbane Landscapes, Landmarks, and Personalities exhibition and competition opened to a packed house at Petrie Terrace Gallery last Saturday 6th April. Now in its second year, the BLLP is a celebration of everything that makes Southeast Queensland great, the places, the people and the views. Over 40 artists from all over the Great Southeast are displaying more than 60 artworks.

The exhibition was officially opened by Councillor Vicki Howard and judged by Robert Brownhall.

This year’s Brisbane: Landscapes, Landmarks, and Personalities exhibition is proudly sponsored by Brisbane City Council.


Make sure you get along to our Paint Out in The Park!

Saturday 4th May 10 am -2 pm in Roma Street Parklands our artists will be plein air painting then from 2:30 pm onwards join us in the gallery for the closing event where we will announce the people’s choice award!

Scroll down to see who took out the first prize and read the judge’s comments.


Max Butler with his prize winning painting.

1stPrize: Cat #47 ‘My Country #443’ By Max Butler.

Judge’s Comments:

“An amazing light effect achieved in this work. Every part is ‘alive’ with colour, the sun on the grass is hypnotising.”

Artist Warren Hampton and Judge Robert Brownhall with Warren’s prize winning artwork.

2ndPrize: Cat #39 ‘Rip Current at Main Beach’ By Warren Hampton.

Judge’s comments:

‘The character of the waves is beautifully captured in this painting. The sunlight on the white water is wonderful.’

Dominic Proberts with his award winning painting.

3rdPrize: Cat #19 ‘William Jolly Bridge’ by Dominic Proberts.

Judge’s Comments:

‘This composition has a feeling of the night ‘closing in’ on the viewer. I find it very dramatic and effective. It tells a powerful story.’

There were also four highly commendeds awarded.

Highly commended: Cat #10 ‘The Three graces, View from Milton’ by Robyn Bauer.

Karen Knight next to her work “Save the Broadway Hotel’

Highly Commended: Cat #31 ‘Save the Broadway’ by Karen Knight.

Wayne Singleton with his work ‘4 Bridges at Indooroopilly’

Highly Commended: Cat 50 ‘4 Bridges at Indooroopilly’ By Wayne Singleton

Highly Commended: Cat #59 ‘Lady Chapel – St John’s Cathedral’ By Glen Gillard.

Women’s Work: Celebrating the Female Contribution To The Arts

This year to celebrate the RQAS’s legacy of strong female artists we are holding our augural Women’s Work Exhibition and fundraiser!

Dates: 27thFebruary till 17thMarch 2019


Gala Opening Event:  6pm – 9:30pm Saturday 2ndMarch 2019

Tickets $10


Panel Discussion Women in the Arts: 2pm – 4pm Saturday 10thMarch 2019

Tickets adult- $10 student – $5


This International women’s day in conjunction with women’s charity – Share the Dignity, the Royal Queensland Art Society’s Petrie Terrace Gallery will be celebrating our legacy of strong female artists by holding the inaugural Women’s Work exhibition and fundraiser.

The RQAS has a long history of strong female artists in our organisation, over the years we’ve been lucky to count Caroline Barker, Vida Lahey, Daphne Mayo, Irene Amos, Ada Richardson, Margaret Olley among our membership. We currently have a female President – Margaret Thomas and two female gallery directors – Rochelle Lindquist and Vashti-Sita Bardsley.  If you scroll to the bottom of this post you can see some archival pictures of some of our celebrated female members.

This exhibition will bring together a diverse range of work, more than 100 pieces will be displayed by over seventy artists working across different mediums and disciplines.  Our artists will deliver work that responds to the following themes; the female contribution to art, equality in the workplace and the concept of Women’s Work.

The gala opening event will include a speech by the founder of Share the Dignity Rochelle Courtenay, live music and the auctioning off of an artwork by celebrated Brisbane artist Sarah Hickey, all funds raised from this auction will go to Share the Dignity along with half of the ticket sales from both events.

The Auction

Share the Dignity

This beautiful piece ‘Merged’ by Sarah Hickey was completed following her residency in Tweed River Regional Gallery. This Gaia inspired, mixed media piece balances a raw, passionate technique and palette with subtlety and softness, the juxtaposition of these opposing elements leave the viewer at once confronted and comforted by the work. Sarah has generously donated this piece to be auctioned off at the opening the full proceeds from this auction will go to Share The Dignity.

Sarah Hickey is our featured artist for this exhibition, she has been good enough to donate her time, her expertise and her work to this show. Sarah discusses why this show is important to her below.

“I am passionate about women reaching parity in a number fields, including the Arts. Women are central to my practice – their images in the contemporary world of painting, their depiction throughout history, the mythology and archetypes surrounding them, an understanding of myself as a woman in the world and an exploration of female empowerment and strength dating back to Pagan times. On the one hand, gender is a flexible, fluid concept and shouldn’t restrict creative expression, success, equality and respect. However when you read about the statistics particularly in regards to pay and working conditions, it is glaringly obvious we still need to do the work under the gender category of ‘Women’.” Sarah Hickey.

You can get your tickets for the opening night here.

The Panel Discussion

Our Panel Discussion Women in the Arts will bring together key figures in the Brisbane art world to discuss the multi-faceted issues faced by women in the art world. Panelists include Sarah Hickey and Emily Devers, there are still a couple of panelists to be confirmed await our updates.

Sarah Hickey – artist and art teacher.

Bio: Hickey’s series of female idols are inspired by images of women from a variety of contexts, histories and worlds. The complex layering of imagery and patterns depict beauty, spiritual iconography and the feminine.

After completing bachelor degrees in fine arts and education, and then five years of teaching art in Queensland high schools, Sarah Hickey started to produce art professionally after a long hiatus from her own creative practice.

Hickey has held eleven solo shows and participated in over thirty group shows. A finalist in the Redland Art Awards, Xstrata Percival Portrait Award, Clayton Utz Art Award, Marie Ellis OAM Drawing Prize, The Mandorla Art Award, Kenilworth Painting Prize, Lethbridge 10000 Art Award and $20, 000 Metro Pearls Competition; her work was featured in Curvy magazine.

Emily Devers – Gallery Director and Artist.

Emily Devers is a Brisbane based contemporary painter who develops pertinent and timeless concepts through both her gallery work and large scale murals. As well as a painter, she is the Director of annual public art festival Sea Walls Australia, Facilitator on the Flying Arts Touring Team, and Owner / Director of contemporary Art gallery The Third Quarter. After graduating from a Fine Arts degree at QUT, Emily has been participating in the Brisbane Arts scene for 10 years as Artist, Facilitator, Mentor, Industry Professional and now Curator. You can see Emily’s large scale artworks across Australia in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmania, and internationally in San Diego, Mexico, Hawaii, Morocco and New Zealand.

You can get your tickets for the panel discussion here.

Make sure you get along to these events and support this fantastic cause!

And now for your enjoyment here are a few archival photos of some of the best and brightest women to grace the RQAS with their presence.

An article in Queensland Newspaper featuring several members of the RQAS

The Royal Queensland Art Society “Fellows” – a potted history

The history of the Royal Queensland Art Society “Fellows” began in the late 1960’s when grading of membership was discussed by council, however it was put on the continual backburner for a couple of decades. The society did have Honorary Life Members as well as Honorary or Privileged Members, the later often awarded to folk who supported the RQAS for long periods of time, however many of these folk were excluded from voting rights at AGM’s and meetings. Life membership was first awarded in 1907, with renowned sculptor Harold Parker the first. Others to be awarded this honour included: Daphne Mayo, L.J. Harvey, Dr James V. Duhig, Melville Haysom, Caroline Barker, Harold & Agnes Richardson, Nan Paterson[i]and Karen Kane, the longest serving secretary with the RQAS. When the society held its centenary exhibition in 1987, it looked again at its history and reignited the discussion for the status of members, including Fellows. In April/May, 1988 a sub-committee comprising: Betty Manzie, Ada Ludlow, Dianna Martin, Mary Norrie, Beth Woo and Sheelah Mee, along with Glenn R. Cooke from the Queensland Art Gallery once again considered Fellows as an important addition of the RQAS

The inaugural proposed list consisted of Irene Amos, Nevil Matthews, John Rigby and William Robinson to form a foundation fellowship,[ii]with additional names later being added: Dr Lloyd Rees, Margaret Olley, Don Hamilton, Patricia Prentice, Ann Thompson and Madonna Staunton.[iii]All these artists were connected to the RQAS as former members, with only Irene Amos and Don Hamilton currently active with the society. The only artist with basically no real connection to the RQAS was William Robinson. The rules discussed were that the recipients have made obvious commitment to the arts outside the society as in exhibition, awards, education, publication and the general promotion of the visual arts. All the artists mentioned here fulfilled these qualities, however the important requirement of [must be a member], disqualified most of the names put forward. Betty Manzie stated: “Let’s face it – if these artists think we are so far down the road, they will not want to help us raise our standards, in which case we forget the whole thing.”[iv]Glenn R. Cooke believed that this direction of appointing Fellows was necessary for the future development of the society.[v]

In August, 1991 the RQAS was incorporated into the new Friendly Societies Act, with former president, G. Maclean Offner rewriting the society constitution, and in so doing opened the doors for the introduction of “Fellows”. On the 19 July, 1992,[vi]the inaugural RQAS “Fellows” were awarded to Margaret Olley, Dr Irene Amos and Dr George D. Williamson. Margaret Olley was well known in art circles in Queensland and nationally, however her involvement with the RQAS was as a student in the early 1940’s, although little involvement had occurred since. She was unable to attend the presentation due to other commitments.[vii]Dr Irene Amos had been a member of the RQAS since 1961 and had achieved many things in her career. She was the first woman to receive a Doctorate in Creative arts at the University of Wollongong in 1990 and in 1991 was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her services to the arts in Queensland. Dr George D. Williamson had only been a member since 1987[viii]but has been a supporter of the RQAS for many years in selecting a number of annual exhibitions during the 1960’s and 1970’s, as well as presenting lectures and talks to society members on art related topics. He promoted the arts through the Queensland Education Department and he received an Honorary Doctorate in Cultural Education from the World University in Arizona, USA in 1988[ix]. He was attached mainly to the Gold Coast branch and served as their president a number of times. On receiving this honour, Williamson said: “I shall endeavour to be a worthy fellow in the high standards and traditions of the society”.[x]

Ada Ludlow was the first woman to be elected president of the RQAS and had an extensive exhibition history outside the RQAS. She was also the society gallery director and in 1995 she was the fourth to be appointed a Fellow. The following year Mary Norrie was appointed, and she felt honoured to be invited to join such a famous group.[xi]Seven years would go by until others would be nominated as Fellows, and in 2003 four more would join this prestigious group. At the AGM in October watercolourists Don Hamilton and Charles Ludlow, along with Audrey Gibbs and Penelope Gilbert-Ng were presented their awards by Dr Irene Amos, assisted by president, John Pyke and Brisbane chairman Arthur B. Palmer. At the time Penny was the youngest RQAS artist to receive this award. Also up for consideration around this time was Phyllis Schneider, she had been a member since 1964, and from 1986 she served as the society librarian until her passing in February 2004. She was posthumously made a Fellow that year. In 2005 Esther Austin, Dr Grahame Readshaw and Gold Coast member, Peter Abraham became appointed Fellows. Esther had served as president and had over 14 Solo exhibitions to her credit exhibiting at Logan and Port Moresby including a Retrospective of her work at the Logan Art Gallery in 2004.[xii]In 2018 she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal  (OAM) for her services to the visual arts. Dr Readshaw had been a member since 1971 and he had extensively written on painting techniques and had a number of articles published in Australian Artist, as well as two books. Sadly he passed away in April 2015.


Peter Abraham was a gifted draughtsman and in his first Solo show at the Moreton Galleries in April, 1948, the Queensland Art Gallery purchased one of his works[xiii]not bad for someone only 21 years old. He won some prestigious prizes during his career including the Crouch Prize in 1962. The Fellows held their first exhibition as a group at the RQAS in July/August, 2004. The exhibition was opened by renowned Queensland artist John Rigby, 63 works were displayed by the 10 Fellows exhibiting, with Phyllis Schneider represented by works from her estate, and Ethel Williamson providing work from her late husband. In April/May, 2006 the second exhibition of the RQAS Fellows was held and opened by artist Dale Marsh, with Esther Austin, Peter Abraham and Dr Grahame Readshaw exhibiting for the first time. Margaret Olley’s etching Turkish Pots & Lemmonwas loaned to the exhibition by Phillip Bacon Galleries, with Mary Norrie and George Williamson represented with works from private collections and the RQAS collection.

The list of names grew and five more were inducted as Fellows in 2006. Margaret Raymond, Glen Gillard, Win Robbins, Brian Williams and Peter Hubbard had their awards presented to them by Dr Irene Amos. Margaret Raymond had a long association with the RQAS and had also served as librarian for many years, and was an associate of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts, as well as illustrating a number of books. Glen Gillard is the painter’s painter, at home in oils and watercolours, and excelling in still life, landscape and portraiture, He was a finalist in the 1990 Doug Moran Portrait Prize, and has had a successful career in painting murals, his first commission was at Bowen in 1989. Win Robbins had the distinction as the longest living serving member of the RQAS, having joined in 1943[xiv]. She was attached to the Gold Coast branch, serving as secretary and president as well as president of the Brisbane branch. She was a fine portrait painter and was a finalist in the 1958 Archibald Prize. She passed away in 2011. Brian Williams had been a member since the late 1950’s, and had always promoted the society in any way he could. He was a gentle articulate man and a painter of quality. He was the last society artist, whose work Cleaning Fish was acquired by the Queensland Art Gallery from an RQAS annual exhibition in 1960.

Peter Hubbard’s involvement with the RQAS began in the early 1960’s and although his art career had a considerable gap, he returned to painting in the late 1980’s and reacquainted himself with the RQAS. He also served as society gallery director for a number of years. Others nominated around this time included Donald P. Vernon and Sue Victorsen, but both declined the nomination.  On 9August, 2008, John Massy opened the 3rdFellows exhibition comprising 66 works from 18 Fellows. Some delightful works were on display including Dr Grahame Readshaw’s monochromatic watercolour, Wynnum, Banksiasby Peter Abraham, Impish Self Portrait by Peter Hubbard, showing his quirky side and the delightful Goat Boyby Brian Williams. The entire exhibition oozed with charm.[xv]Six years would transpire before another four would be appointed, with society president, Dr Kay Kane, and RQAS stalwarts, Max Butler, Irene McKean and Sue Victorsen. Their awards were presented at the 2012 AGM by RQAS Inc. president, John Pyke.

In September, 2013 the 4thFellows exhibition was held under the title The Fellows’ Choice, and for the first time only living fellows had their work on display. The exhibition was officially opened by the state member for Bardon, Saxon Rice MP. This was also the first Fellows exhibition in the society’s new premises at Petrie Terrace. In reviewing the exhibition, Greg de Silva stated: “I venture to suggest getting together an exhibition of Fellows’ work, including work from Fellows now deceased, would produce an exhibition of even more diverse and outstanding work, while further revealing the strength in depth of members of the Royal Queensland Art society.”[xvi]On the 29 September, 2013, Greg de Silva, Beverly Tainton and Francis Rowland-Wregg also joined the ranks of the RQAS Fellows. Once again RQAS Inc. president, John Pyke did the honours in presenting the awards. Greg de Silva said “They don’t come along every day, and to be acknowledged by your peers is humbling and a very nice thing, Bev, Frances and I will continue with our art careers and we are now ambassadors for the Royal Queensland Art Society so we will keep working for the betterment of the arts.”[xvii]

The 5thFellows exhibition was held in May/June, 2015 and was opened by arts patron, John Massy to a capacity crowd. He remarked that just because you have made it as a Fellow, doesn’t mean your job is done, you have an obligation to keep producing work of a high standard and to continue promoting the RQAS and the visual arts. The exhibition comprised of 66 works, again with only living fellow’s, with the exception of Dr Grahame Readshaw, who had only passed away just before the exhibition opened. Audrey Gibbs won the “People’s Choice” award, as voted by the viewing public. Sadly she passed away not long after this exhibition at the age of 94. A trend was setting in and Chas Ludlow soon followed at 92 years. At the AGM that year, four more were inducted as Fellows including: Joan Cooper, Ruby Eaves, Dr Christine Kirkegard and Graham W. Smith. All were in attendance to accept their awards, except Ruby Eaves, now living in Toowoomba, was unable to attend, committee member and fellow watercolourist, Anne Roberts accepted on her behalf.

In 2016 another three were made Fellows, they were Moreen Neil, Joanne Heath and Gold Coast member, Heather Blackstock. Moreen Neil served the society for many years, and after Phyllis Schneider retired as society librarian, Moreen filled this gap for a considerable number of years. Joanne Heath’s artistic output covered sculpture, print making, painting and photography she is an all- rounder. Heather Blackstock served as Vice-President of the Gold Coast branch for a time, and this was not her only stab at nominating as a Fellow with the society. She was nominated by Win Robbins more than once[xviii]and although she presented an excellent CV, her nomination was unsuccessful at that time.[xix]It was good that she was continually nominated by her branch for her contributions to the visual arts and the RQAS, it finally paid off.

Sadly another RQAS Fellow succumbed to age, and at 96 years, Margaret Raymond passed away in May 2018, still drawing and sketching only a few weeks before she died.[xx]If a national treasure was attached to the RQAS, then Margaret Raymond could proudly wear that title, having been a loyal and active member for more than 60 years.[xxi]With the 6thFellows exhibition due to open in January, 2019, curator Peter Hubbard has assembled all Fellows with the society since inception to be on display, including those now deceased. For most of these no longer with us will be represented from the RQAS collection, with Peter Abraham, Win Robbins and George Williamson represented through private collections. The most exciting thing for Peter was the loan of a significant Margaret Olley painting for the exhibition from the Ipswich City Art Gallery collection. This exhibition will be an inspiring look at the work of these talented artists, all have contributed to the wider visual art scene, but also significantly to the RQAS.

What’s been written is but a glimpse of the history of the RQAS “Fellows” and the contributions they made for a better cultural life in Queensland.

Greg de Silva, FRQAS                                                                © Greg de Silva: May 2015; January, 2019

[i]Keith Bradbury & Glenn R. Cooke, Thorns & Petals: 100 Years of Royal Queensland Art Society, RQAS Brisbane, 1988; RQAS Minutes 9 May, 1989

[ii]Fellowship Sub-Committee Meeting, 24 May, 1988

[iii]Sub-Committee report, 13 April, 1988


[v]G. Maclean Offner Letter to Irene Amos, 27 July, 1988

[vi]RQAS Newsletter, July/August, 1992

[vii]Margaret Olley Letter to RQAS

[viii]Application for Membership, 24 December, 1987

[ix]Greg de Silva, Knowledge and Skills: The Art of George D. Williamson (1927-2000), RQAS, 2002

[x]George Williamson Letter to RQAS, 28 April, 1992

[xi]Mary Norrie letter to RQAS, 4 November, 1996

[xii]Karen Kane & Greg de Silva, Royal Queensland Art Society Inc. 3rdFellows Exhibition, 9 August-5 September, 2008

[xiii]Art Sale, Telegraph, 20 April, 1948

[xiv]Bradbury & Cooke, op. cit

[xv]RQAS Newsletter, September/October, 2008

[xvi]Greg de Silva, “Good Artistic Choices”, RQAS Newsletter, October, 2013

[xvii]Douglas Estwick, “Talented threesome receive fellowships”, South-West News, 29 January, 2014

[xviii]RQAS Minutes, 12 May, 1992

[xix]RQAS Letter to Heather Blackstock, 21 April, 1992

[xx]Phone Conversation with Rob Raymond, 28 May, 2018

[xxi]Greg de Silva, “Arts stalwart a national treasure”, Courier-Mail, 18 June, 2018


[1]Keith Bradbury & Glenn R. Cooke, Thorns & Petals: 100 Years of Royal Queensland Art Society, RQAS Brisbane, 1988; RQAS Minutes 9 May, 1989

[1]Fellowship Sub-Committee Meeting, 24 May, 1988

[1]Sub-Committee report, 13 April, 1988


[1]G. Maclean Offner Letter to Irene Amos, 27 July, 1988

[1]RQAS Newsletter, July/August, 1992

[1]Margaret Olley Letter to RQAS

[1]Application for Membership, 24 December, 1987

[1]Greg de Silva, Knowledge and Skills: The Art of George D. Williamson (1927-2000), RQAS, 2002

[1]George Williamson Letter to RQAS, 28 April, 1992

[1]Mary Norrie letter to RQAS, 4 November, 1996

[1]Karen Kane & Greg de Silva, Royal Queensland Art Society Inc. 3rdFellows Exhibition, 9 August-5 September, 2008

[1]Art Sale, Telegraph, 20 April, 1948

[1]Bradbury & Cooke, op. cit

[1]RQAS Newsletter, September/October, 2008

[1]Greg de Silva, “Good Artistic Choices”, RQAS Newsletter, October, 2013

[1]Douglas Estwick, “Talented threesome receive fellowships”, South-West News, 29 January, 2014

[1]RQAS Minutes, 12 May, 1992

[1]RQAS Letter to Heather Blackstock, 21 April, 1992

[1]Phone Conversation with Rob Raymond, 28 May, 2018

[1]Greg de Silva, “Arts stalwart a national treasure”, Courier-Mail, 18 June, 2018

Final Member’s Exhibition and Holiday Closing Times

Christmas time is here and at Petrie Terrace Gallery we have the perfect picture, print or painting for you. Come by the gallery until Friday 14th December to see our last member’s show of the year “All I want for Christmas is an Artwork” and pick up the perfect gift for that someone special.

Exhibition Dates: 5th till 14th December 

Petrie Terrace Gallery (Home of the Royal Queensland Art Society)
Unit 3, 162 Petrie Tce, Brisbane Qld 4000
Phone: 07 3367 1977


Please note Petrie Terrace Gallery will be closed for the holiday break from the 23rd December until the 22nd January, from everyone here at the Royal Queensland Art Society Brisbane Branch and Petrie Terrace Gallery we wish you a happy and safe holiday season and an arty new year!